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INSIDER Panguitch • Panguitch Lake • Hatch • Bryce • Tropic • Antimony • Henrieville • Cannonville • Escalante • Boulder • Fremont • Loa • Lyman Thursday, February 6, 2014 • Issue # 1034 Bicknell • Teasdale • Torrey • Grover • Fruita • Caineville • Hanksville Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Seeking Commentson Quagga Mussel and Rainbow Bridge Trail Plans GLEN CANYON N.R.A./ RAINBOW BRIDGE N.M. - The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input regarding the development of two plans, a Quagga/Zebra Mussel Management Plan (QZMP) to address necessary changes to the invasive mussel prevention program at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Glen Canyon) now that adult and larval quagga mussels are present in Lake Powell and a Rainbow Bridge Trail Improvement Plan (RABR Trail) to inform rehabilitation and improvement of the existing pedestrian access trail at Rainbow Bridge National Monument. These plans are being developed in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and other applicable laws, regulations, and policies. The public will have two opportunities to formally comment on these projects; once during initial project scoping and again following public release of the plans. We are currently in the scoping phase and invite you to submit written comments online at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website from February 3 to March 7, 2014. The Quagga/Zebra Mussel Management Plan (QZMP) is needed to determine what tools are appropriate to support the ongoing management of invasive mussels in Glen Canyon. The QZMP will evaluate different techniques for pre- venting the spread of invasive mussels within Lake Powell, a range of potential control and containment approaches, and will evaluate how to provide a sustainable funding source to support invasive mussel management at Glen Canyon. For more information or to provide comments visit The Rainbow Bridge Trail Improvement Plan (RABR Trail) is needed to address damage to a section of the trail leading from Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge that occurred during a flood event in 2013. Improvements to the trail design are also needed to address future high-volume flash flooding and to maintain tribal, visitor, and employee safety while using the trail. The plan will also consider options to connect the trail to the Navajo Mountain trail on the opposite side of Rainbow Bridge. For more information or to provide comments visit We will use input received during the scoping period to help develop these plans and the associated environmental assessments (EAs). Once the EAs are prepared they will be posted on the park website for public review and comment. All comments, questions, and suggestions related to the project are welcome. During the public scoping period the following types of comments are particularly helpful: • Specific information about the plan area that should be considered during the analysis, • Information about how you use Glen Canyon and Rainbow Bridge and how actions considered in • these plans might affect that use, • Other projects that might affect or be affected by these efforts, and • Other ideas or alternative ways of meeting the plan objectives. Please provide all comments by March 7, 2014. We will consider these comments during preparation of the EAs. Thank you in advance for your comments and we look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions please contact Teri Tucker, Chief of Planning & Compliance at (928) 608-6207 or via email at —Todd W. Brindle, Superintendent, GCNRA / Rainbow Bridge National Monument Valentine Hearts Make a Fine Start for This Year’s Easter Egg Hunt WGCI Photo ESCALANTE - Escalante residents Marian Casse, Sheila Mickey and Chris and Al Celata show off the large assortment of Valentine hearts in the window as Escalante’s Skyhoopi Thrift Store. This is the third year that Skyhoopi is selling $1 Valentine’s for “Escalante Sweethearts.” This year they also have bigger hearts to sell to merchants for $5. Proceeds go to the Escalante Easter Egg Hunt organized by Magen Carlisle, which takes place in the Escalante city park. Dixie Regional RESEP Clinic Accepting New Patients ST. GEORGE - After hearing about the RESEP Clinic, Annette Johnson, a Fillmore resident, thought it would be a good idea to have a cancer screening physical. She had grown up in LaVerkin and was a “Downwinder.” The term “Downwinder” is used to describe the more than 60,000 people in southern Utah who were exposed to radioactive fallout during the nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site. Johnson received a physical two years in a row but nothing was cause for alarm. “I went twice, but both times nothing showed up. They strongly encouraged me to get a mammogram, so I did,” Johnson said. The doctors found breast cancer and now Johnson is in the final stage of her treatment. It wasn’t just enough for Johnson to receive care, but she has encouraged her family to also go and get a physical. “My husband and I went together and then I told my sisters they needed to go. One of my sisters found breast cancer,” Johnson said. Veteran Garfield County Health Care Practitioner to Retire Courtesy of Becky Roberts Garfield Memorial’s nurse practitioner Becky Roberts will retire from full-time work on February 28. When asked what she plans to do with her time, she says, “Whatever I want.” She says she intends to remain in Panguitch and spend more time outside in our beautiful area, but she also wants to travel a bit and continue doing part-time nursing and hospice care. PANGUITCH - One of Garfield County’s most popular health care practitioners will be hanging up her stethoscope as Garfield Memorial Hospital’s full-time family nurse practitioner. Becky Roberts, FNP, GNP, like many people approaching retirement, can tell you at the drop of a hat the number of years she has worked at her current job. “Twenty-seven and a half,” she says. Her last day at work will be February 28. Ms. Roberts has been with the hospital since June of 1986. Originally from Salt Lake City and trained at the University of Utah, she arrived in Panguitch in 1985 for her graduate program preceptorship, working under Dr. Brian Handley. She says she learned of GMH’s nurse practitioner position at that time, and a year later she was the person that filled the job. When she came to Garfield County she says she immediately felt comfortable working as a “mid-level” practitioner due to the support provided by physicians at the hospital. “Being here there was always a doctor for backup,” she says. “In other places like Green River at that time, the nurse was there all by herself, which can be a little scary. Here, there was good support.” Garfield County had always been a place she liked to come on vacation, too, so the fit was natural. Roberts says of her tenure, “It’s never been a dull moment, it’s always challenging, and always rewarding. The people I work with and the patients have become like family over the years,” she says. Over those years she has also seen about a dozen physicians come and go. “Possibly more than that,” she says, “But that’s what I was able to count.” She’s worked under three hospital administrators, and has seen the building of Garfield Memorial’s clinic and emergency departments. Roberts says that she, “Definitely will spend more time in Salt Lake, and do some traveling, and spend time here...outside.” She says she would like to continue to do part-time nursing at Garfield Memorial’s clinics, but an arrangement has not yet been formalized. She would also like to do hospice care through Beaver Valley Hospice. “It’s been a remarkable opportunity, I’ve loved working with the people here in the community, which is why I hope to continue on a part-time basis,” she says. —Insider Annette Johnson is just one of the 4,000 patients who have been seen by medical professional at the RESEP Clinic. If a person qualifies as a Downwinder, he or she is eligible for a full cancer screening physical and, if diagnosed, government funding. “Getting screened is equally as important as getting compensation for the disease,” Carolyn Rasmussen, RN, said. “When a patient has cancer and qualifies for compensation, we have the application and way to help them through the process for free.” Thurs. FEB. 6 - wed. Feb. 12 COLDER! CLOUDIER! SNOWIER? Snow showers Thursday and Friday? Highs upper 20s to low 30s. Saturday still cold, high of 26, partly cloudy. Single digit lows over weekend. Warming up some Sunday - Wednesday and partly cloudy, highs in low 40s, partly to mostly cloudy, and lows in teens. Free clinic on February 8 FISH LAKE - Lake trout are among the fish you might find on the end of your line at an upcoming ice fishing clinic. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the free clinic at Fish Lake on Feb. 8. The clinic begins at 8 a.m. Fish Lake is east of Richfield. The clinic will be held on the south end of the lake. Easyto-follow signs will direct you from a parking lot to the location on the lake where the event will be held. Lynn Chamberlain, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR, says you can learn a variety of ice fishing skills at the clinic. The best tackle and bait to use, where and when to fish, how to stay safe on the ice, how to drill a hole in the ice, and how to catch lake trout and other species of fish are among the things you can learn. “If you don’t have your own ice fishing equipment,” Chamberlain says, “no problem. Bait, tackle and fishing poles will be available for you to use.” In addition to learning the basics of ice fishing, you can also learn how to catch lake trout. “If you’ve never caught a lake trout through the ice,” Chamberlain says, “make plans to attend the clinic. Biologists will be available to teach you how to catch these huge fish.” Chamberlain says biologists will also be happy to visit with you about any management ideas you have for fishing waters in southern Utah. For more information, call the DWR’s Southern Region office at 435-865-6100. —Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Phone: 435-826-4400 Fax 1-888-370-8546 PO BOX 105 Escalante, Utah 84726 If men were angels, no government would be necessary. —James Madison (1751 - 1836) THE WAYNE & GARFIELD COUNTY INSIDER is owned and operated by Snapshot Multimedia, LLC and is distributed weekly to all of Wayne and Garfield Counties, Utah. Its purpose is to inform residents about local issues and events. Articles submitted from independent writers are not necessarily the opinion of Snapshot Multimedia, LLC. We sincerely hope you enjoy the paper and encourage input on ideas and/or suggestions for the paper. RESEP Cont’d on page 2 Learn How to Fish Through the Ice at Fish Lake REGIONAL Weather forecast for some but not all regions represented in our newspaper coverage area RESEP (Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program) was established by the federal government to aid thousands of individuals potentially affected by the nuclear testing. These individuals are at a greater risk for leukemia, lymphoma, breast, thyroid cancers and other cancers – a total of 19 cancers in all. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and ALL content for THE WAYNE &GARFIELD COUNTY INSIDER must be submitted on FRIDAY before 5:00 pm to be included in the following Thursday edition of the paper. BOXHOLDER PRE-SORT STANDARD PAID RICHFIELD, UTAH PERMIT No. 122

February 6, 2014 Wayne & Garfield County Insider

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